By now, you are probably quite close to being ready for the holidays. You’ve bought the gifts. The menu is planned and preparations are well underway. Many people like to remind us to remember the reason for the season. It’s not about the tree or the lights. Nor is it about Santa and the reindeer. It’s about the birth of Jesus. So let’s examine this a little. Continue reading “The Reason for the Season”
For many people, the word “idolatry” brings to mind grotesque images of people worshipping Satan or slaughtering goats at midnight. It might conjure up images of virgins being sacrificed to some pagan deity before a bonfire in the middle of nowhere. Maybe it’s a Wiccan princess performing rituals in the forest or howling at the moon. Whatever image comes to mind, it is always the image of somebody else. Continue reading “What is Idolatry”
With over 33,000 denominations worldwide, Christianity is by far the most diverse religion in the world. That number comes from “World Christian Encyclopedia” by Barrett, Kurian, Johnson (Oxford Univ Press, 2nd edition, 2001). If this number seems high to you think for a minute about the other religions of the world. No other religion is quite as divided. One would think that the purpose of a religion is to bring people together. In Christianity, this simply is not the case. Protestants are by far the most divisive, although they might have you believe otherwise. Ask a protestant what they think about Catholics and see what kind of answer you get. The sad fact that none of them realise is that they came directly from the Catholic church. Continue reading “Are You One of the 33,000”
The world in which we live is currently going through its biggest change since the flood and it’s happening right under the noses of those whom we thought should be expecting it. It’s called the Redemption or Geulah. I heard Rabbi Tovia Singer speaking about the Redemption. He said that it will happen in stages, similar to the redemption from Egypt. There were ten plagues which, according to Rabbi Singer, spanned a period of eleven months. Today The Redemption is happening in stages in order to give the greatest number of people the opportunity to return to HaShem. Which stage we are in right now is hard to say. I am of the opinion that the stages have been going on throughout history.
It could have started in 1948 when Israel became a country again. That would be a good starting point. But it could have also started in 70 CE with the fall of Israel. This could also be a good place to start seeing the beginnings of the Redemption. The final Redemption could also have started at Mount Sinai with G-d revealing Himself to the children of Israel. This is a really good place to start in that G-d, at that time, created the Nation of Israel to be a light to the nations. That light can be seen as the trigger mechanism to the final Redemption. Wherever you look to find the beginning is less relevant than when it will be completed. That completion and ultimate Redemption of the world is getting very close. The end of this age is drawing near.
In a recent episode of Beyond the Matrix (Israel NewsTalk Radio), host Ira Michaelson is heard to say that there are thousands upon thousands of people leaving other religions and turning to the truth of Torah.[Paraphrased] This is an astounding estimate. We are seeing the Redemption happening now. At no other time in history have so many turned to the Jewish People to find truth. In fact, quite the opposite has been true since the time of Solomon. The prophet Zechariah said in chapter 8: 23 So said the Lord of Hosts: In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the skirt of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” This is exactly what we are seeing. I would go as far as to say that the reason it has been the way it has been for so many centuries (antisemitism) is so that when we see this happening now, we can know for certain the Redemption is upon us.
Ezekiel 36 gives us some insight into the final Redemption. 36: 34 …And they shall say: This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited. 36Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD have builded the ruined places, and planted that which was desolate; I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.37 Thus saith the Lord GOD: I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. 38 As the flock for sacrifice, as the flock of Jerusalem in her appointed seasons, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men; and they shall know that I am the LORD . These things are happening now. The land of Israel was a desolate wasteland not so many years ago. If you seek proof, you have but to do an internet search for old photos of the land of Israel. Once you get a feel for the barrenness. look up some current photos of Israel. The once deserted areas are awash with green. In verse 37 it says “I will increase them with men like a flock.” In other words, there will be a great inpouring into the House of Israel as we are seeing today.
Most of these people are coming out of Christianity, with the largest portion, like myself, coming from the Baptist denomination according to Rabbi Zalman Weiss, author of Adon Olam: A Search for Meaning. The Christian bible contains what they call the old testament. It is an adulterated version of the Hebrew Tanakh. Even with all of the changes put in place by early church fathers, there is still enough evidence that Christianity is a false religion. I like to equate Christianity to the story of the golden calf in Exodus. In the story, the Israelites attempt to worship HaShem through the golden calf; in a way which He forbids. Christians also attempt to worship HaShem through Jesus. This is the reason why Jews consider Christianity a form of idolatry.
The Final Redemption is happening now. Yes, it is coming in stages, but we don’t know when it will be complete. The prophets only give a small amount of information concerning this and yet there have been volumes written about it. For at least two millennia, the Jewish sages and scholars have studied it. People have hoped and prayed to be fortunate enough to witness it. Countless millions have wanted to be a part of it and prayed these words, “I believe with complete faith in the coming of Moshiach, and although he may tarry, nevertheless, I wait every day for him to come.” (Ani Maamin) Every day for thousands of years people have waited to see what you are seeing right now.
But know this, there is no place for idolators in the world to come. Fortunately for you, there is still time. The true religion, Judaism, is the only religion that does not require you to join it in order to be a part of the Redemption. That’s right. Righteous Gentiles will have a place in the world to come. You must only adhere to the seven laws of Noah. Follow the link for more information or visit Netiv,net for in-depth Torah learning on the subject. I can only hope and pray that you make the right decision.
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